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Piranhas at the New York Aquarium

Piranhas at the New York Aquarium

Red-bellied piranhas.

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September 17, 2016
Striped Searobin (Prionotus Evolans)

Striped Searobin (Prionotus Evolans)

This is a Striped Searobin (Prionotus Evolans) from the Triglidae family, commonly known as sea robins or gurnards.

Here are a few interesting things about sea robins. They make a croaking sound similar to a toad. Their skulls are fully armored and they have spines everywhere. They have spiny "legs" but they are not for walking. The "legs" are sensory organ used to search for food on the bottom. And look at these pectoral fins that look like wings.

How to catch: Sometimes you wish you knew how to not catch them. Striped Sea robins will take any bait and virtually any hook size.

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September 03, 2016
Manhattan Bridge at Twilight

Manhattan Bridge at Twilight

One of the Manhattan Bridge's towers seen between buildings in the downtown of Brooklyn.

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August 28, 2016
Van Gogh’s Ear at Rockefeller Center

Van Gogh’s Ear at Rockefeller Center

Van Gogh’s Ear is a four and a half ton swimming pool sculpture created by a Scandinavian artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset. The sculpture is installed in the Fifth Avenue entrance to the Channel Gardens at Rockefeller Center.

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August 15, 2016
Coney Island Bound

Coney Island Bound

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August 05, 2016
It's a Double Rainbow

It's a Double Rainbow

After every storm, there is a rainbow. Sometimes there are two. The second is less noticeable on the photo but it is there.

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July 14, 2016
There Will Be a Storm
Prospect Park Audubon Center / Boathouse

Prospect Park Audubon Center / Boathouse

Boathouse on the Lullwater of the Lake in Prospect Park. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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July 12, 2016
Monotropa Uniflora

Monotropa Uniflora

This is Monotropa uniflora, also known as the ghost plant, corpse plant, or Indian pipe. Sometimes people think that it is a mushroom that looks like a flower, but it is not a fungus. It is a parasitic plant that does not contain chlorophyll and does not need sunlight to generate energy. It lives off fungi and trees.

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July 10, 2016
Fragment of a Tribal Wooden Shield

Fragment of a Tribal Wooden Shield

Fragment of an African tribal wooden shield from the William K. Vanderbilt, Jr S collection.

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June 26, 2016
View over Northport Bay

View over Northport Bay

View over Northport Bay from the Vanderbilt Mansion - former 43-acre estate of William K. Vanderbilt II, now the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum.

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June 26, 2016
Dragon Candle Holder

Dragon Candle Holder

Forged dragon candle holder at William K. Vanderbilt, Jr's mansion.

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June 26, 2016
Passage to the Sea

Passage to the Sea

Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum. Eagle's Nest - William K. Vanderbilt, Jr's Gold Coast-era Moorish Mansion, located in Centerpoint, Long Island, NY.

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June 26, 2016
Queen Mermaid of Coney Island Parade 2016

Queen Mermaid of Coney Island Parade 2016

Not Hailey Clauson. And I don't care what the organizers say. Coney Island Mermaid Parade, 2016.

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June 18, 2016
Dragons of Coney Island

Dragons of Coney Island

Coney Island Mermaid Parade, 2016.

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June 18, 2016
Desert Warrior

Desert Warrior

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June 18, 2016
Birthday Suits

Birthday Suits

Coney Island Mermaid Parade, 2016.

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June 18, 2016
Uncle Sam Stilt Walker

Uncle Sam Stilt Walker

Stilt walking Uncle Sam at the Coney Island Mermaid Parade, 2016.

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June 18, 2016
Mate - Coney Island Mermaid Parade, 2016

Mate - Coney Island Mermaid Parade, 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade, 2016.

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June 18, 2016
Growth of Manhattan II: The West Side Yard

Growth of Manhattan II: The West Side Yard

View across the West Side Yard toward the site of the Hudson Yards project.

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June 14, 2016
Growth of Manhattan I: Hudson Yards

Growth of Manhattan I: Hudson Yards

Hudson Yards is a large-scale redevelopment project. Soon this neighborhood will look differently.

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June 14, 2016
The Old and New of Manhattan I
Urban Rattle Sculpture by Charlie Hewitt

Urban Rattle Sculpture by Charlie Hewitt

Urban Rattle sculpture is installed on a private property next to a rental complex and can be seen from the High Line Park.

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June 14, 2016
Sleepwalker at the High Line Park

Sleepwalker at the High Line Park

Sleepwalker - a realistic sculpture by Tony Matelli of a somnambulant man roaming about in a deep sleep.

While I was photographing, many people were confusing it for a "living statue" performer. One man even put money by the statue and a high-line worker had to explain to him that this was a statue and wouldn't have any use for his money. Everyone laughed.

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June 14, 2016
Portrait of a Smooth Dogfish (Mustelus canis)

Portrait of a Smooth Dogfish (Mustelus canis)

Smooth dogfish is the name of this shark species I hear most often. But it also called Atlantic smooth dogfish, dusky smooth-hound, grayish, nurse shark, smooth dog, or smooth-hound.
They are mostly found in shallow waters and often can be caught from shore.

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June 11, 2016